(People enjoying free outdoor public ice skating on the ice rink at Charles Clark Square in Windsor, ON, on January 21, 2018. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
The City of Windsor has moved forward with careful re-opening of the outdoor ice skating rinks at Charles Clark Square and Lanspeary Park with safety precautions and protocols in place due to the pandemic. The outdoor Lanspeary Lions Rink opened last week on Feb. 17, and Charles Clark Square’s ice rink reopened today, Feb. 22.
With Windsor-Essex now in the “Red-Control” zone of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework the City is taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing for a maximum of only 10 skaters per session. In keeping with current provincial regulatory requirements, free public skating will be available by advance reservation.
In addition, due to the overwhelming response so far, additional days have been added to Lanspeary’s schedule to include daytime sessions on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The new schedule for Lanspeary Lions Rink, effective Monday, February 22, is:
Mondays and Tuesdays: Skating sessions at 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and
Wednesdays to Sundays: Skating sessions at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The schedule for Charles Clark Square, effective Monday, February 22 is:
Monday to Friday: Skating sessions at 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and
Saturdays and Sundays: Skating sessions at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Reserved sessions will be one hour in length with 30 minutes in between sessions for staff to groom the ice surface and provide enhanced cleaning prior to the start of the next session.
COVID-19 protocol will be in place, and participants are asked to arrive for their reserved time no more than 10 minutes early. Participants will be required to physically distance and wear a mask or face covering while at the rinks, including while on the ice. Participants are encouraged to download the City of Windsor’s Covid-19 screening tool to conduct pre-screening prior to arrival at the rinks.
City of Windsor staff will be on site to check skaters in, provide pre-screening and admit them to the ice. Washrooms are available, but no additional facilities are open at this time.
The schedule and conclusion of the season are all dependent on outdoor temperatures and any potential changes to pandemic regulations.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required and available only at http://ActiveWindsor.ca.